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Mooting Competition in association with the UK Supreme Court

(February to April)

Overview:

We offer students the opportunity to compete in our Mooting Competition in association with the Supreme Court. A "moot" simulates a court hearing (usually an appeal), in which participants analyse a fictional case, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions and then present an oral argument. If you are selected to participate in the competition, you will be paired up with current law students, including students on the Bar Professional Training Course (the course people undertake to become a barrister), who act as "Mooting Mentors". This structure enables you to not only experience court advocacy, but also develop your knowledge of the law and nurture your communication skills with the help of those already pursuing a career in law.

The competition takes place between 6-8pm, starting with a training session, where you will be taught all about mooting. The provisional schedule for the 2024 competition is as follows:

  • Thursday 8 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Mooting training session

  • Tuesday 13 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Moot preparation session (you are required to attend a 30-minute preparation slot)

  • Thursday 15 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Mock round 

  • Tuesday 20 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Moot preparation session (you are required to attend a 30-minute preparation slot)

  • Thursday 22 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: First round 

  • Tuesday 27 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Moot preparation session (you are required to attend a 30-minute preparation slot)

  • Thursday 29 February between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Quarter Final

  • Tuesday 5 March between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Moot preparation session (you are required to attend a 30-minute preparation slot)

  • Thursday 7 March between 6-8pm, via Zoom: Semi Final

  • TBC (likely end of March or beginning of April): Final moot preparation session (you are required to attend a 30-minute preparation slot)

  • TBC (likely end of March or beginning of April): Final, which is judged by a Supreme Court Justice at the UK Supreme Court in London

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Apply now:

The only eligibility requirements we have are that you will be 16 years or over at the time of the project and that you are studying for your A-Levels (or equivalent) at a non-fee paying school.

 

All of our projects are free of charge for all students. Travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for students travelling to the final from outside of London.

We will be accepting 18 students on to this project, but a waiting list of students will be operated in the early stage of the competition and waiting list students will be invited to the moot training session. 

 

To apply complete a brief application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 7pm on 4 January 2024, so get your application in ASAP. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch via email: team@bvl.org.uk.

If you are a university student and wish to apply to be a moot mentor, please apply by clicking here

 

Given the limited number of spaces, we encourage early and well thought-out applications! 

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